Agile Practice: The Competitive Advantage for a Digital Age” – HBR Article Review

1 July 2015 | News

The Harvard Business Review has recently published an article that was sponsored by Atlassian in which it describes how Agile Methodologies can help increase quality, improve time to market and productivity, reduce costs while also improving employee satisfaction.

The article describes the steps required for making agile work, among them: embrace cultural change, model new behavior, extend agile to all developers, define agile for your company. It also highlights how to build better communications among developers, expand awareness outside of development and also provides technical best practices such as test automation and recommended tools for a successful agile implementation.

Some highlights from the article include:

  • “IT groups in multiple industries are now using agile practices to accelerate development and respond to change.”
  • “For many, running in a more agile fashion represents a competitive advantage that delivers benefits from improved software quality and team productivity to lower costs.”
  • “Agile software development is geared to rapid delivery of tested software and continuous, adaptive delivery.”
  • “The practice is growing so quickly that IDC estimates the market size for agile lifecycle management tools will surpass $1 billion in worldwide revenues by 2017.”
  • The worldwide market for agile application lifecycle management tools will more than double in revenue between 2014 and 2017 (chart below):

While there are several important cultural steps to be taken for a successful Agile transition it is important to mention how having the right tools in place can make the whole process easier and faster. Atlassian tools are among the preferred ones for Agile project management by teams using agile on a daily basis.

JIRA Agile unlocks the power of Agile and helps creating and estimating stories, building a sprint backlog, identifying team commitment and velocity, visualizing team activity, reporting on team progress – The tool provides the team with the ability to collaborate, view and plan their backlog, whether using Scrum or Kanban, communicate and perform retrospective to review lessons learned. Reporting features can provide a competitive advantage helping to keep track of the teams’ velocity, sprint burn down, forecast version release dates – everything completely integrated with the power of the JIRA platform.

Read the full HBR article here to learn more how to embrace and how to build a great agile program in your organization.

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